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UPDATE: Karen Riggott Injured In Scooter Accident At San Diego Liberty Station

Aug 8, 2019

Karen Riggott San Diego: Karen Riggott (also known as Karen Roque)  Injured In Scooter Accident At San Diego Liberty Station

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (August 7, 2019) – The owner of the El Primo Hotel identified as Karen Riggott – also known professionally as Karen Roque – was seriously injured in an electric scooter accident at the Liberty Station. 

Karen Riggott was with her husband Dean at the Liberty Station taking her first ride on an electric scooter. Dean was about to start recording his wife when he saw her fall. 

According to Karen Riggott’s husband, the handle bar on the scooter appeared to clip to the left and buckle beneath her. The woman was thrown to the ground and sustained a skull fracture and brain bleed. 

Her husband immediately rushed over to help her and then called an ambulance. She was transported to ICU at the UCSD Medical Center. 

Dean now wants to see the scooters removed from the city. A number of people have been injured by electric scooters this year, including two others in San Diego in just the past few weeks alone. 

An investigation into the scooter accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability For Scooter Accidents

According to Business Insider, “An investigation by Consumer Reports has revealed that there have been at least 1,545 accidents in the US involving electric scooters over the past year.” The problem has grown worse as electric scooter companies like Lime and Bird have grown in popularity. Here are just a few of the most common reasons for electric scooter accidents:

  • Design defects with the scooters
  • Stem collapses
  • Break failures
  • Stuck accelerators
  • Potholes
  • Uneven pavement
  • Debris on the roadway

Depending on the facts of any case a scooter company like Bird or a city could be liable for an accident. If a scooter was defective and this contributed to an accident the company that manufactured the scooter could be held responsible through product liability law. Cities could be held responsible for an accident under California Government Code 835. Potholes and uneven pavement are not just an inconvenience for scooter riders. They can be lethal hazards.

Any person that is injured in a scooter accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not even fully realize the extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after an accident. For example, a severe brain injury can leave victims with medical costs in excess of $3,000,000.

Depending on the severity of a brain injury, a victim can be left with memory loss, personality changes, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Unfortunately, cities and scooter companies will often fight hard to deny liability for an accident. A scooter accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. An attorney can preserve all of the necessary evidence and make sure that your rights are being protected. 

Getting Help After A Scooter Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Karen Riggott and her family as she continues to recover. It’s time for San Diego to take action and help correct this horrific trend. Far too many people have been seriously injured or killed with these electric scooters. Companies like Lime and Bird also need to be doing their part and grow responsibly. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a scooter accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We are committed to making sure that cities and scooter companies are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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